# [IPython-dev] Using ,  instead of $...$, $$...$$ fox LaTeX math

Brian Granger ellisonbg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 12:22:00 EST 2012

On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM, Joon Ro <joonpyro at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you for the reply.
>
> Actually I was not talking about making it configurable, just additionally
> supporting  and  besides $and $$. As far as I know  and >  are as widely used as and$$ for latex math. I'm sorry I said > "instead of" in the title. Should have used "in addition to." :) > > When I first started using latex in several years ago, I saw an > documentation which recommended using  and  instead of$...$> and $$...$$ somewhere (I don't remember where :)), so I have preferred > them. > > In fact, in the Mathjax documentation > (http://www.mathjax.org/docs/1.1/start.html), actually it says that "Note > in particular that the$...$in-line delimiters are not used by default," > because$ sign comes up too frequently in non-mathematical settings.
> Mathjax supports both $...$ and $$...$$ by default. I just tried
> matplotlib and I could use  there too. (It seems matplotlib does not
> support neither $$nor .) If MathJax can support both styles simultaneously let's do that. Can you look into if that is possible and submit a pull request to implement it? Cheers, Brian > -Joon > > > > On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:17:51 -0600, Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com> > wrote: > >> There are a number of levels that this choice enters in: >> >> * Our display system enforces that latex means  and$$.  This is
>> important as it provides a uniform interface for all people who want
>> to develop custom latex representations of their objects for display
>> in the notebook.  As time goes on, many third parties will rely on
>> this convention.
>> * The configuration of MathJax and matplotlib in the notebook and
>> qtconsole.  This has to line up with the conventions in the display
>> system, otherwise things won't work properly.
>>
>> I think this is one case where it doesn't make sense for this to be
>> configurable.  Otherwise we can't promise that everyones code will
>> "just work" in IPython.  Is there a reason you can't use $and $$? >> >> Cheers, >> >> Brian >> >> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Joon Ro <joonpyro at gmail.com> wrote: >>> Hi, >>> >>> I just started using notebook, and it looks awesome. Thank you so much >>> for >>> your dedicated work. I cannot wait to try using it through a remote >>> connection! >>> >>> Anyway, I was thinking it would be great if it is possible to use , >>>  instead of ...,$$...$\$ in the notebook for the math. Would
>>> this
>>> be easily implementable?
>>>
>>> Thank you,
>>> Joon
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